Join us on Thursday, March 8th in Holyoke, MA to hear amazing preacher Marisa Egerstrom (and to see Casper and Vanessa talk about Harry Potter) ! Tickets here. Also, send in more owl-related Owl Post voicemails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa tells a story about how experiences that could be traumatic can be reframed with the help of a good therapist. Forgetting Viktor Krum’s name in the 30 Second Recap, Vanessa reminds us that she doesn’t care about sports, even fictional ones. Vanessa and Casper talk about Moody’s lesson on the Imperius Curse. Vanessa proposes a theory about how pain that leads to strengthening is not traumatic, but how a quick change in circumstance can lead to pain becoming traumatic. Casper brings up the concept of integration, and how placing pain into a larger personal narrative can prevent it from sticking as trauma.
In talking about Hagrid’s threat to turn Draco into a ferret, Vanessa and Casper dive into why people hurt others. Casper brings up a meditation practice he is currently doing (link here) and how he has used it to understand generational trauma. Vanessa mentions codified days of mourning, and how there should be a day that allows people to reckon with trauma.
In Sacred Imagination, Casper reads the passage for the second week in a row. Do they do this because people prefer Casper’s British accent over Vanessa’s Valley Girl accent? Just a theory. Vanessa talks about how Madame Maxime has to navigate making an entrance, and Casper imagines himself in Harry’s shoes, thinking about Madame Maxime can show Hagrid that he is not alone.